Monday, August 17, 2020

Music History Today: August 18, 2020

August 18, 1969: Jimi Hendrix closes out Woodstock with an early morning performance of "Hey Joe."  His set includes a scorching rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."
On Aug. 18, 1969, legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix stepped onto the stage at the Woodstock, N.Y.

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Music Festival and embarked upon an uninterrupted set lasting nearly two hours--one of the longest performances of his career. It concluded with a long medley that included the solo performance of the Star Spangled Banner that would become emblematic not only of Woodstock, but of the 1960s themselves.  
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August 18, 1963: "I Who Have Nothing" by Ben E. King tops out at Number 29.
"I (Who Have Nothing)" (sometimes billed as "I Who Have Nothing") is an English language cover of the Italian song "Uno Dei Tanti" (English: "One of Many").  The English lyrics for "I (Who Have Nothing)" were written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. They also produced the first English language release, performed by Ben E. King in 1963.  
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August 18, 1969:  Edward Bear ("Last Song") opened for Led Zeppelin at the Rock Pile in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Edward Bear Revue, later Edward Bear, was formed in 1966 by singer and percussionist Larry Evoy and bassist Craig Hemming. The name is derived from A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh, whose "proper" name is Edward Bear. They are best known for the chart-topping single, "Last Song."  
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August 18, 1973 - The Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" was released.
The song "China Grove" is based on a real small town in Texas. Johnston thought he had created a fictional town called "China Grove" near San Antonio and learned it really exists from his cab driver in Houston. 
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He later explained that the band had been on tour passing through the town of China Grove on the way to or from San Antonio, and he had seen a road sign with the name, but somehow had forgotten about it.  
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August 18, 1986:  Bon Jovi released the album Slippery When Wet in the United States on Mercury Records.
Bon Jovi‘s climb to international superstardom was by no means meteoric, at least not for their first three years. Their self-titled debut album of 1984, reached No. 43 in the US. 
Slippery When Wet album cover

The second, 7800° Fahrenheit, peaked only six places higher than its predecessor. The album that changed everything for the New Jersey rockers, however, was Slippery When Wet. Fuelled by a series of huge, anthemic singles, it became the record that made Bon Jovi’s name both at home and around the world.  
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